How to Create a Hosting-Free Website With Itty Bitty

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With programming, online creativity knows no bounds. Every day, programmers across the Internet use their skills to create small projects for the public. Itty Bitty, a website created by former designer for Google and current vice President at Dropbox Nocholas Jitkoff, is one such small project.

Using the Itty Bitty site, you can create a tiny HTML website for free even if you don’t have any web hosting.

An Itty Bitty Explanation

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

Here’s how it works: itty.bitty.site creates small sites by loading them through their URLs. In other words, your site is stored, and presented, within its link.

Because of this, websites created using Itty Bitty require absolutely no web hosting. The URL itself holds the entire data of the site: what it looks like, what it says, etc.

You’ll note that once you receive your Itty Bitty link, it’ll be a bit larger than usual. That’s your entire website.

Link for Link

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

The actual site created by Itty Bitty has a very minimal interface. Keep in mind, every additional page on the site is created using the site itself.

From this page, you can immediately begin using basic HTML for create a simple page.

If you want to create a more robust Itty Bitty site, you can either drag and drop an HTML document directly into the website or link an existing project directly into the prompt.

While your document or link may use other programming languages like CSS or JS, they’ll still be loaded with your Itty Bitty site. That said, the main benefit of using Itty Bitty (and the central reason it can be loaded from an address) is that your page has to be kept under a certain, small size.

How Small Is an Itty Bitty Site?

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

If Itty Bitty is free and requires no web hosting, how big can your site really be? The answer: not very.

The site presents the size of your website to you at the top-right portion of the window. While sites can fluctuate in size, that also means your link will fluctuate in size as well. Some sites won’t allow you to share links larger than a few bytes, which can limit your ability to share bigger sites.

Luckily, the creator has posted the max byte sizes possible for plenty of popular platforms to explain what sizes different platforms will accommodate:

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

If you’re looking to shorten a website using Bitly, for example, you’re going to have to create a very small website. That goes for Microsoft Edge as well. If you’re only looking to share it across browsers, however, you can create a much larger site.

From Link to Itty Bitty Site

While you can also create Itty Bitty sites by dropping HTML files directly into it or by typing the site contents directly, I’ll demonstrate using a Codepen project previously made by Dudley Storey.

Codepen is the easiest way to create your site using Itty Bitty. Codepen provides users with both an easy-to-use developer environment and a convenient linking process.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

The above is a fantastic example of how a strong HTML backbone—and other subtle programming additions—can create a simple website. Luckily, it’s also small enough to share across many of the platforms listed above.

To convert a Codepen project into an Itty Bitty site, paste the Pen’s link into the Itty Bitty site. Then, mouse over the gray untitled section and edit the text to reflect your site.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

Next, click on the menu at the top right of the window.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

This is where you create the link to your Itty Bitty. While it may not seem as though you’ve just created a website, you have!

Once you click the copy link option, you can paste the link into your browser to view the site. Also important to note: by default, Itty Bitty sites can be sent via QR code.

That allows for a slew of options, like attaching a physical reference for lost devices.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

Congrats, you now have a ready-to-link website that is server-less and free!

Shorten Your Itty Bitty Link Even Further

You can also create a clutter-free link using a link shortening tool. I’ll use Bitly, which not only allows you to shorten links but also allows you to customize the link with your own text if you sign up for a free account.

Our original Codepen example is too large to condense using Bitly, so here’s another fantastic project by JT Helms. I simply followed the process above to convert this Pen to an Itty Bitty site.

Once you have your link, head to Bitly. Paste your link into Bitly’s splash page, or sign into your account and select the Create button. Enter your link in the following prompt.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

Once you’ve pasted your link, it will automatically be converted. Then, adjust your link as you see fit using Bitly’s editor if you’re logged in.

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

I change the initial link to ITTYBITTYEXAMPLE. You can now head to bit.ly/ITTYBITTYEXAMPLE as you would any other site—except, of course, that it’s free and requires no web hosting or server maintenance.

Security for Itty Bitty Sites

Build a hosting free HTML website with Itty Bitty

While this is a cool and ingenious way to create small HTML sites, it’s not without its flaws. You can misuse an Itty Bitty site as easily as you can any other. That means sites can annoy you with features like alerts.

Since the site is still in an experimental phase, don’t necessarily rely on the site as a main method of establishing a safe web presence.

The Itty Bitty Possibilities Are Endless

Creativity found online is often impressive. Rarely, however, is it as simple, accessible, and easy to use as Itty Bitty. Want to showcase a small application? Messing around with div elements? It’s all readily doable using the Itty Bitty site.

Moreover, you’re not limited to a certain number or sites. Take a note from the site’s creator Nocholas Jitkoff and link a site within a site for a comprehensive, multi-page explanatory website. Or make an ASCII bulldog. The possibilities are small in size, but endless in scope, so try out this little online experiment today!

Go further and make even better sites by improving your knowledge of HTML and CSS before creating an Itty Bitty site!

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How to Play Classic PC Games on Your Raspberry Pi

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An incredible library of games and other software is available to your Raspberry Pi. You probably know that it makes a great base for emulating other platforms, but did you know it could run retro PC software?

Before Windows, there was MS-DOS. This old disk operating system from Microsoft can be emulated on the Raspberry Pi in a couple of different ways. Which method you choose depends on the outcome you’re looking for.

Here’s how to install old PC games on a Raspberry Pi!

Running DOS Software on Raspberry Pi

Civilization on a Raspberry Pi with DOSBox

Microsoft’s first PC-based operating system, MS-DOS was released in 1981 and discontinued in 2000. During this time, over 2000 games were released for what was then a largely office-based computer system.

Furthermore, Windows 95 and 98 could run DOS software. Often you would leave the desktop operating system to run MS-DOS games and applications.

The process is straightforward:

  1. Install DOSBox
  2. Configure DOSBox
  3. Find MS-DOS games
  4. Install MS-DOS games
  5. Enjoy!

For the best results, make sure you’re using a Raspberry Pi 2 or later, with an 8GB or higher SD card. Classic PC games typically need a keyboard and mouse to play, although some controllers and joysticks are supported.

You’ll also need an HDMI cable and display to enjoy the games (instead of a remote VNC or RDP connection, which can kill the magic somewhat).

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Step 1: Install DOSBox on Raspberry Pi

DOSBox on Raspberry Pi

You should already have an operating system installed on your Raspberry Pi before starting. With the Pi powered on, open a terminal, and check for updates:

sudo apt upgrade sudo apt update

Once done, install DOSBox:

sudo apt install dosbox

Step 2: Configure DOSBox on Raspberry Pi

Install DOSBox on Raspberry Pi

Configuring is a bit trickier. You’ll need a directory to run DOSBox and the software from:

mkdir dos

Next, edit the DOSBox configuration file in nano:

sudo nano .dosbox/dosbox-0.74.conf

Next, scroll to the end of the file and add your mount instruction under the [autoexec] heading.

Configure DOSBox to auto-mount a directory.

This will ensure that when DOSBox runs, it uses the dos directory as the C: drive.

mount c ~/dos c:

Save and exit the text editor with Ctrl + X, and hit Y to confirm.

You should now be able to run DOSBox from the Games menu on your Raspberry Pi!

Step 3: Find MS-DOS Games for Raspberry Pi

Where can you find suitable games? Well, thrift stores and eBay are a good place to start. Old games will typically be available on CD-ROM or floppy disk, however, so you’ll need to make sure you have the right type of disk drive connected to your Raspberry Pi.

If this isn’t possible, then you will need to rely on disk images found online. We can’t link you to these as there are copyright considerations. Such ROM files can be found in ZIP format, unpacked, and installed within DOSBox just as they might be on a genuine MS-DOS PC.

To avoid breaching copyright and breaking the law, restrict your use of game ROMs to titles you already own.

You really shouldn’t need to break copyright law to get hold of old games, however, as so many have been made open source. A big selection of such games can be found at the Internet Archive. Here, you’ll find everything from genuine games to cover discs full of shareware titles.

In short, you should be able to find something to play very easily. But what do you do once the games have been downloaded? How can you load them into DOSBox?

Step 4: Install MS-DOS Games on Raspberry Pi

To run DOS games on your Raspberry Pi, you need DOSBox to be aware of the game. The best way to do this is create a new directory for your games within the dos directory:

mkdir dos/games

You can then use the mv (move) command to copy any games from Downloads into this new folder:

mv Downloads/[GAME_TITLE] dos/games/

You’re now ready to start installing and playing games.

Launch DOSBox, and use the command line to navigate into the /games/ directory. Remember, you’re in an environment emulating MS-DOS, so different commands are needed. While cd still changes directory, the contents are listed with dir (you can use dir /p to display the contents list a page at a time). Type help to get more assistance.

Install games in DOSBox

Once you have copied games into the games directory, open a specific directory, then find the install.bat file and run it. Sometimes, this may be named after the game in question. For instance, in this example, I used cm2.bat to begin installation of Championship Manager 97-98.

Wait while the game installs. Once done, you can usually run the game using the shortened form of its title. Often, this is the same as the BAT file, but without the suffix.

For example, to run Championship Manager 2, I simply entered cm2. This will differ from game to game, however, so check the documentation. If all else fails, run the appropriately names EXE file to launch the game.

Copy game ROMs from your PC to Raspberry Pi over FTP

Note that you can also copy games to your Raspberry Pi from your PC. If you have SSH enabled on the Pi, the SFTP function of your preferred FTP software (we like Filezilla) will let you copy game files to the Pi. You should probably save them directly to the /games/ directory to save time.

When you’re done with DOSBox, simply exit the environment with a single command:

exit

Classic PC Games on Raspberry Pi Made Easy!

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This isn’t the only way to play classic PC games on your Raspberry Pi, however. Some titles have been ported to Linux and altered to run on the Raspberry Pi without emulators.

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How to Add One-Click Login With Google in WordPress

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Do you want to add one-click login with Google to your WordPress site? Allowing users to login with their Gmail account saves them time because they wouldn’t have to remember their WordPress username and password. In this article, we will share how to easily add one-click Google login in WordPress.

How to add one-click login with Google in WordPress

Why You Should Add One-Click Google Login in WordPress?

Most internet users remain logged in to their Google accounts. This allows them to quickly access all Google apps like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Photos, and more without signing in separately for each app.

Having one-click Google login activated on your WordPress login page allows your users to quickly sign-in to your website using their Gmail account. It saves them time, and they wouldn’t have to enter their login credentials each time.

If your organization uses GSuite for professional business email addresses, then your team members can use your organization’s Google apps accounts for login.

If you run a simple WordPress blog, then you might not find this feature useful. However single sign-on feature like one-click Google login is very helpful for any websites that require users to login such as multi-author websites, membership websites, and websites selling online courses.

That being said, let’s take a look on how to easily add one-click login with Google to your WordPress website.

Adding One-Click Gmail Login in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Google Apps Login plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to go to Settings » Google Apps Login page in your WordPress admin area. Under the Main Setup tab, you’ll need to add Client ID and Client Secret code.

Apps login settings page

To get these details, you need to visit Google Developers Console. If you are not already logged in, then you will be asked to login with your Google account.

Next, you need to click on Start a project from the top menu. It will open a popup where you would click on New Project button to continue.

New project

Now, you need to add a project name and select the location. Project name can be anything, and Location will be your organization’s domain name (example.com). If you are logged in with your company’s Google account or your GSuite account, then it will add the location and organization automatically.

Project, location, and organization name

However, if you are creating a project from your personal Google account, then you can leave the location with No Organization selected.

Project name and location

Next, click on the Create button to continue.

You’ll now be redirected to APIs & Services dashboard. On this page, you need to click on Credentials from the left menu and go to OAuth consent screen page.

In the Email Address field, you need to add your email address that you have used to create this project. Also you need to add your website URL in the Homepage URL field and click on the Save button.

OAuth consent screen

After that, it will take you to the Credentials page again. Go ahead and click on the Create Credentials button to select OAuth client ID option.

OAuth client ID

Next, you need to select Web application as an Application type. In the Authorised JavaScript origins field, you need to enter your website URL (http://www.example.com), and add WordPress login page URL (http://www.example.com/wp-login.php) in the Authorised redirect URLs field.

Web application type

After that click on the Create button, and you’ll see your Client ID and Client Secret information in a popup.

Client ID and Client secret

You need to copy and paste these keys on the plugin’s settings page in your WordPress admin area.

Add client ID and client secret in WordPress

After that, you can simply logout from your WordPress admin account, and you’ll see a Login with Google button on your login screen.

Login with Google

Clicking on the button allows you to login with one-click into your WordPress account. However, keep in mind that users can only login with the Google account address that they have used on your website.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add one-click login with Google in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a login popup modal in WordPress, and how to create a custom user registration form in WordPress.

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How to Tell Companies You’re Open to Taking a New Job on LinkedIn

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There are plenty of resources, both online and offline, designed to show you how to write neatly. Below, you’ll find a list of only the best of the best.

The handwriting exercises you’ll learn from these resources, and penmanship practice you’ll gain will straighten out those illegible scribbles of yours in no time at all.

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Handwriting Exercises: A Few Common Themes

To save you a little time and to give some extra direction, it’s worth pointing out a few common exercises that are repeatedly mentioned in the courses, lessons, apps, and books that follow.

You should always keep these in mind, no matter which of these resources you try out.

  1. Start with basic movement exercises to loosen up.
  2. Practice your handwriting exercises every day.
  3. Slow your writing down.
  4. Learn from writing that you like.

The Basics: Cursive Writing for Adults

This basic 29-part YouTube course on How To Write In Cursive (the first video is above) is a thorough place to start. You might feel like you’re back in school, but you’ll be surprised at how many of the fundamentals have slipped your mind.

Each lesson is extremely short and comes with a free worksheet (which you can find in each video description) to print out to help you practice.

Intermediate Handwriting Exercises

Once you’ve nailed the basics of cursive (again), you’ll likely want to make some improvements to your style to add some more personality or professionalism to your handwriting.

This 14-minute video by professional sign-writer John Neal looks specifically at how to improve handwriting for adults. The valuable content really starts at 2:30, where you’ll be shown how to pay special attention to the rhythm, speed, and direction of your writing.

Penmanship Practice: Become a Pro

Next, work your way through this short, 8-part YouTube course taught by a handwriting specialist. Much of the information does overlap with the previous video, but hearing two different descriptions of similar handwriting techniques will only help.

Be sure to regularly practice the handwriting exercises you’re taught in these videos to help you create the muscle memory that’s needed to really make your new skill stick.

Splashing Out

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If you’ve tried the above courses without seeing much improvement, it might be time to spend a little cash on something more comprehensive.

Udemy has a highly rated 4-hour course titled Improve your Handwriting – Improve your Life.I’ve not taken this course myself, but many past students cite “immediate improvements” after going through the handwriting classes. The course is usually priced at $75, but I’ve often seen hefty discounts of up to 85%, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled.

The aim of the course is to guide you through daily, 10-minute practice sessions to build your muscle memory, causing a positive effect on your handwriting. You can sign up on Udemy for a free preview of the course.

Books to Improve Your Handwriting

Books to improve your handwriting

If you’re looking at using a textbook to help improve your handwriting, there are two books I would recommend.

The first is Rosemary Sassoon’s Improve Your Handwriting. The structure of this book encourages adult readers to experiment with styles to find the one that works for them, including left-handers.

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The second is Barbara Getty’s Write Now: The Complete Program For Better Handwriting. The aim of this book is to help anyone “achieve elegant, legible handwriting” by focusing on writing in a specific italic style.

Apps to Help You Write Neatly

Although handwriting is almost exclusively for pen and paper these days, you can use mobile devices (preferably tablets) to help you practice. Using these apps on your smartphone is possible, but you’d definitely benefit from a larger, flatter area on which to write.

Cursive Practice (iOS)

If you have an iPad, the Cursive Practice app is an easy way for you to practice your cursive writing on the go. The handwriting lessons take you through uppercase, lowercase, individual words, cursive practice sentences, and numbers. You can also change the width and style of your “pen”.

Download: Cursive Practice for iOS(Free)

LazyDog Calligraphy (Android)

A similar option for Android devices is LazyDog Calligraphy. With this app, you can choose from a range of different handwriting styles, and you’ll be scored for each letter, showing you how you’re progressing. You’ll also have access to printable writing worksheets, so you can practice the same style on paper, too.

Download: LazyDog Calligraphy for Android (Free)

Remember, for best results, invest in a stylus pen to use with your smartphone, rather than relying on your finger.

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Free Handwriting Worksheets

Once you’ve spent some time studying how to improve your handwriting, you’ll need to have some decent worksheets on which to practice.

Handwriting Worksheets

First off, you should check out our list of free, printable handwriting worksheets. And if they don’t deliver, search Google Images for “handwriting worksheets” (searching specifically for large images which are suitable for printing), you should be able to find all you need.

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Writing Neatly: Why Should You Care?

Whether you believe it or not, knowing how to write legible, cursive handwriting is still important.

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For children, good handwriting leads to improved grades. For adults, writing things out by hand can act as therapy, and it can also improve memory.

Yes, you can access some of these benefits even with bad handwriting. But if your scrawls remain illegible, then you lose out on a chunk of these benefits because you simply can’t understand what you wrote down in the first place. This means you won’t be able to revisit those thoughts again in the future.

If you’re looking for an even more pragmatic reason to improve your handwriting, remember that the handwritten note will never be fully replaced by email. When it comes to building your network or climbing the career ladder, Jessica Cleiman believes:

“In this day and age, when sadly we’re getting fewer and fewer letters in the mail, a handwritten thank you note, well-crafted on good stationery, will make a candidate [or acquaintance] stand out from others who chose not to take that extra, personal step.”

A hand-written note tends to hold more value than a quick email or message. If you are able to craft such a note in decent, if not excellent, handwriting then, you’re able to use this as a tool to create deeper relationships and to stand out from the crowd.

A Life of Beautiful Handwriting

Once you’ve spent a good deal of time practicing the lessons you learn from the handwriting resources mentioned in this article, writing beautifully will become the new norm for you. You can finally have pride in your handwriting. And you can use your new skill in handwriting to start pursuing even more creative skills.

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How to Make Money with a Blog (According to 23 Successful Bloggers)

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Not too long ago, you believed that making money with a blog was impossible. But after seeing dozens of income reports from other bloggers, you became hooked. Now you’re left wondering if you could achieve similar results.

In this article, I’ll consolidate the lessons learned from some successful bloggers and get you the advice on how to make money with a blog.

How to monetize your blog the right way

A blog is more than a website with words, it’s a brand that solves a problem. When you’re first starting off it’s difficult to make any money. Why? Because no one trusts your brand.

The solution is simple, provide engaging content to build a large audience. Once your blog’s traffic and subscribers have grown, here are the most effective ways you can monetize your blog.

  1. Affiliate Marketing
  2. Selling Courses
  3. Coaching

“Get rich quick” schemes rarely work

Some believe that bloggers had their success handed to them, but this is far from the truth. Their success required sacrifice, discipline and courage to work. And this is where most people run into trouble because they’re unwilling to put in the work.

Your first step to building income through your blog is to stop believing it will be easy to achieve. The trick is to only listen to a few bloggers who are at the position you’d like to be and take massive action.

It can take months or even years before you start earning income.

And when the going gets tough, keep going. Don’t stop. Learn to love the journey more than the outcome and you’ll build a profitable blog.

Executing the right advice leads to success

You need to learn from bloggers with diverse backgrounds.

What motivates someone to build an online business may not inspire you. But there’re strategies some bloggers will share that you’ll resonate with.

So what’s the next step? To start taking action.

How to make money with a blog: Lessons learned from 23 successful bloggers

Browse the list of some of the most influential and down to earth bloggers in today’s time. Chances are that you’ll resonate with a few of them. Take their practical lessons and apply them to your blog.

These bloggers may spark light bulb moments for you and change your life forever.

1. Gary Vaynerchuck – Down to earth entrepreneur who’ll transform your life

Gary is a proud “D” student who helped his dad grow his wine liquor store into a 60 million business. He left the wine business to start his own digital agency, which now generates over $100 million.

Today, he inspires entrepreneurs of all ages through his blog, vlog, and Podcast to take full control of their lives doing what they love.

Lesson: Have the patience to build a successful business.

2. Pat Flynn – Online Jedi who’s fearless to try new ideas

Pat built several sites, is an author of many books and has launched many podcasts. His blog is one of the most popular sites on the web for beginner and experienced entrepreneurs. Despite Pat’s success, he’s still humble and willing to help others.

Lesson: Don’t let fear stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone.

3. John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur on fire, inspiring others through his voice

John is the host of EOFire, an award-winning business podcast, interviewing top entrepreneurs. He’s interviewed successful entrepreneurs such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and many more. John is also the author of the #1 ranked book for Podcasting in Amazon. He’s an excellent example of what happens when you chase your dreams and remain committed.

Lesson: Follow one course until success (FOCUS).

4. J Money – Rockstar money expert who injects “cool” into finance

J Money is an award-winning personal finance blogger, company advisor and money rockstar. He injects a “fun” personality in his blog, adding a sense of “coolness” to personal finance. He’s the founder of RockstarFinance, a personal finance directory filled with useful resources.

The fresh perspectives J shares about money will leave you pondering for days.

Lesson: Have fun with your blog to stand out and create engaging content.

5. Mr. Money Mustache – Badass blogger who’ll transform your financial lifestyle

Mr.MM’s goal is to help you live a “badass” life. He has unique money saving ideas up his sleeve, such as cutting your grocery bill in half, and DIY solar panels. There are no “generic” articles in his blog, only thorough and well-thought ideas.

Mr.MM is financially independent and willing to share his secrets if you dare to listen.

Lesson: Focus on your needs and wants to live your dream lifestyle.

6. Sam – Thoughtful blogger sharing smart insights

Sam is a blogger and a real estate investor. His blog has received millions of views and featured in Forbes, Lifehacker, CNBC, and many more. Sam dives deep into topics like real estate, retirement planning, and career strategies. Read his blog and discover why it’s “bookmark-worthy”.

Lesson: Keep investing in yourself to be better prepared for the future.

7. Joshua Dorkin – The persistent entrepreneur who never lost hope

Joshua is a well-known entrepreneur and speaker who’s featured in major publications. He’s built the nation’s largest real estate investing blog and co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast.

He’s the ultimate example of what’s attainable when you pursue your dreams. His blog is one of the only few you’ll need to reach financial independence with real estate.

Lesson: Keep working towards your goal despite who tries to stop you.

8. Ramit Sethi – That “cool” teacher who’ll help you reach your next level

Ramit is a New York Times Bestselling author. He prides himself on being different, which is why he loves giving away 98% of his material for free. His content is binge-worthy and will bring out the awesome out of you.

If you’re ready to master your inner psychology or finance, then stop by Ramit’s blog.

Lesson: There’s always a way to get what you want as long as you’re willing to put in the work.

9. Paula Pant – The entrepreneur who took an enormous risk chasing freedom

Paula is a writer, speaker and freedom enthusiast. It didn’t take long after landing her “dream” job to know it wouldn’t offer the freedom she’d craved.

Today, Paula has reached financial independence by building many income streams. Her writing style is engaging will leave you questioning your limiting beliefs.

Lesson: It’s worth risking the odds to live your desired lifestyle.

10. Steve – Early retiree, fearless to take a stance

Steve reached financial independence 30 years earlier than the typical American. You can find his work in major sites such as Forbes, Business Insider, and many more.

Currently, Steve writes detailed content on his blog helping readers achieve financial independence. If you’re looking to save money, or retire early, you’ll love Steve’s blog.

Lesson: Plan ahead to reach your desired goals.

11. Robert Farrington – Millennial Sensei for college students

Robert is a consultant, and a writer dubbed as America’s Millennial money expert. His passion for managing money at a young age led him to create The College Investor. In his blog, you’ll find great resources to crush student loan debt and invest your money.

Lesson: Be open-minded with how you can express your passion.

12. Joe Udo – The writer who took the road less taken

Taking risks ain’t easy, but there are always a few people who take it anyways. Joe is a blogger, investor and a great example of what risk takers do. He retired before turning 40, after leaving a job he’d been working for over a decade.

Joe’s blog shares proven ways to building passive income, and managing your money.

Lesson: Taking risks becomes easier when you prepare daily.

13. Elle Martinez – The financial superwoman for struggling couples

Elle has a passion for money, so much that she’s been writing about personal finance for over a decade. She enjoys helping couples build their finances together, and live on one income.

Elle’s blog helps you avoid money fights, boosts your savings, and much more.

Lesson: Find ways to solve the problems you’re obsessed about.

14. Len Penzo – Creative blogger who makes personal finance entertaining

Len’s blog has received over 9 million visitors. He’s featured in major publications such as the NY Times, Forbes, and many more.

Len transforms boring money subjects into engaging content that hook readers for more. If you want to make smarter financial decisions, his blog is a must-read.

Lesson: Create engaging content to build a large audience.

15. Farnoosh Torabi – Finance expert, inspiring women to unleash their full potential

Farnoosh used to borrow clothes and eat $5 Footlongs until she climbed out of debt. Today she’s a journalist, author, TV personality, and financial expert. Farnoosh is the host of SO Money, one of iTunes’s top financial Podcasts. She’s a leader and inspiration to other women.

Lesson: View your shortcomings as gifts and use them to stand out.

16. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – Young entrepreneur achieving success on the road

Michelle started blogging in 2011 with hopes of improving her finances. Today, her blog is one of the most popular personal finance blogs you’ll find. There’s a slim chance you might catch her on the road, as she’s touring around the US with her husband. Her blog contains advice for growing your income and living a better lifestyle.

Lesson: Be transparent about your struggles to build a supportive audience.

17. Phillip Talyor – Money expert who knows how to throw a finance party

Phillip Taylor or “PT” is a blogger, CPA, and a finance enthusiast. At one point, he’d accumulated a ton of debt and was in need of financial wisdom. He created his blog to document his financial wins, and collaborate with others.

Because of Phillip’s passion for finance, he created FinCon. Today, Fincon is the go-to conference where influencers and financial brands meet.

Lesson: Hard work is more important than experience to achieve your goals.

18. Stefanie O’Connell – The financial role model every woman needs

Stefanie started blogging around 2008, at a time when most of America was in a financial crisis. Despite this, she went from living on less than $500 a week to dubbed as a Millennial money expert.

Stefanie spends her time helping ambitious women adopt “rich” habits. Join Stefanie’s tribe and start feeling empowered with your finances.

Lesson: You can be a role model for others if you’re brave enough to face your fears

19. J.D. Roth – Finance enthusiast who’ll leave you thinking smarter

J.D. was a contributor of the “Your Money” column for Entrepreneur magazine. His blog is one of the best personal finance blogs on the web and has received millions of visitors. You’ll find in-depth articles that will leave you making smarter money decisions.

Lesson: No matter how big your problems are, there’s always a solution.

20. Catherine Alford – Entrepreneur mom, inspiring women to chase their dreams

Catherine is a speaker, writer, and a proud mom of 2 twins. She’s an inspiration for women looking to spend more time with their families. Catherine became best Contributor/Freelancer for personal finance in 2014.

Discover why you don’t need to choose between your career and family at Catherine’s blog.

Lesson: Your story can become the inspiration many are searching for.

21. Natalie Bacon – Life coach and entrepreneur inspiring women to design their dream lives

Natalie is an inspiration for those looking to pursue their passion. She’s featured in major sites like The Huffington Post, Forbes, and many others. Natalie follows her dreams and isn’t afraid of hard work. Her blog contains quality content that will inspire you to take action.

Lesson: Don’t be afraid to change course because you’ll be one step closer to finding your dream life.

22. Crystal Paine – Inspirational entrepreneur who loves to give back

Crystal is a personal finance blogger who’s been writing since 2006. Her site has creative ways to save money on groceries, clothes, toys, and much more. Crystal donates a percentage of her blog’s income towards life-impacting ministries.

Her blog will not only teach you how to save money but also how to live an abundant lifestyle.

Lesson: Focus on helping others first and you’ll build massive wealth.

23. Liz – Frugal expert who’ll transform your bad spending habits

Liz is an author, writer and a frugal expert who enjoys helping others save money. She’s featured in NPR, Forbes, Liz’s blog contains creative ways to save money and reach financial independence.

Lesson: Be bold enough to prioritize your opinion above others’.

Start your blog and achieve jaw-dropping results

Imagine waking in your pajamas and opening your laptop. You notice a few hundred dollars were deposited to your Paypal account. This money didn’t fall from the sky, it came from your blog.

Not too long ago you believed making money from a blog was impossible, but now you’ve finally achieved it. Amazing isn’t it?

This can be your reality if you learn from these successful bloggers. Go through this list and pick your top three bloggers. Take a look at their content (Blog, Podcast, Video), and break your bad habits.

The time has come to transform yourself into the blogger you’d like to become. You’re not someone who only wants to accumulate a ton of cash. You want to live your dream life and impact others doing what you love.

What’s stopping you now?

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Lifehacker’s Most Popular Study Tips

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Hi! You didn’t come here to avoid studying, did you? Well, at least you’ll learn how to study better when you’re done with this little break. These are Lifehacker’s most popular study tips from the last five years.

It’s Freshman Orientation Week at Lifehacker! This week, we’re covering ways to snap out of your summer haze and into an autumnal blitz of activity, whether you’re actually heading to campus for the first time, getting your own kids ready for school, or looking for ways to just be more productive in the classroom of life. So velcro up your Trapper Keepers, students. Class is now in session.

1. Study Less, Study Smart

In an hour-long lecture, psychology professor Dr. Marty Lobdell lays out study techniques and habits. Among them: use a designated study area, study a half hour at a time, and divide what you learn into facts and concepts. (Facts might require tricks or mnemonics to memorize; concepts stick with you.)

2. The Feynman Technique

“Once you can explain an idea in simple language, you have deeply understood it, and will remember it for a long time,” says this two-minute video from the educational YouTube channel Sprouts. In the Feynman Technique, named after the plain-spoken physicist, you study by teaching, or pretending to teach, the material. You know you’ve learned something when you can explain it to a new student.

Richard Feynman was a famously good professor, as he could explain physics simply and entertainingly. Just watch him do it, it’s astounding. Even his lectures are satisfying to read. That’s the promise of the Feynman Technique.

3. Video Game Music

OK, the original post is just an advice animal from Reddit, reading “Looking for good music to work to? Try video game soundtracks. The music’s designed to provide a stimulating background that doesn’t mess with your concentration.”

But we’ve raved about video game music a lot on Lifehacker. We love the soundtrack to pixel platformer Celeste, and we appreciate Spotify’s game soundtrack portal. Our readers love game music too, and it shows up in our collection of readers’ favorite work and study music.

4. Flashcard Apps

If you just cannot use a damn index card, here are eight flashcard apps to study with. Some are free, some come with study games, some offer huge packs of pre-written cards. Just, you know, don’t spend an hour picking apps instead of studying.

5. Take Study-Worthy Lecture Notes

This post by Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani dates back to 2006, but thousands of people are still learning from it. Gina explains the Cornell Notetaking Method, which includes layout and conceptual organization. She tells you how to study those notes and links to some template resources. This is some real meaty study advice.

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6. Study Before Bed

Another classic post, this one explains the results of a scientific study, which indicates that when you’re studying unfamiliar material, you might get a boost by studying before bed—instead of, say, the morning.

7. Bad Study Habits

“Highlighting and re-reading don’t really help you retain any information. They’re like liking a charity’s page on Facebook: it might look good and make you feel like you’re helping, but in reality it’s a big waste of time.” This Adam Ruins Everything-style video lists bad habits to avoid, then good ones to replace them with.

8. Retain Information

Four tips pulled from some of the methods above, like self-quizzing, visualization, and making metaphors to understand concepts.

9. Classical Music Study Playlist

Classical music is a great study genre, if you know what pieces to pick. You don’t want Beethoven’s Fifth. That’s why we love this six-hour playlist curated by classical record label NAXOS.

10. Study Tips

Educational YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE gives study tips based on science, like “make your own flashcards” and “make practice tests.”

11. The Case for Silence

The best study music might be no music, according to scientific research. Subjects performed better on demanding cognitive tasks without music or background noise. For less demanding tasks, music can help. But for a particularly tough topic, see how long you can study in silence without getting bored.

We write new study advice nearly every day, so check out our studying tag for more distractions from studying uh we mean HELPFUL STUDY STRATEGIES.

How to Raise a Healthy Vegan Kid

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When it comes to raising a healthy vegan kid, the challenges often aren’t so much nutritional as they are social. Raise your kid vegan, and you’ll hear everyone’s opinions and advice about it, whether you ask for them or not. And even within your own family unit, you’ll need to consider how to talk to your kids about why they’re vegan—whether it be for their health, the environment, animals, or all of the above—and how to properly approach their nutrition.

We spoke with health and culinary experts (several of whom are vegan parents themselves) to get the lowdown on what you need to know to raise a healthy vegan kid. Here’s what they had to say:

Sort Through All the Health Data

Generally speaking, plant-based diets are thought to offer protection from the most prevalent chronic diseases—but the potential benefits for kids aren’t only long-term. “Many of the common allergens—namely, fish, shellfish, dairy, and eggs—are naturally omitted on a plant-based diet,” The Plant-Based Dietitian Julieanna Hever (MS, RD, CPT) says. If you have a child with allergies, know that a vegan diet is a totally legitimate way to go.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics agrees and states in its position paper on vegetarian diets that appropriately planned vegan diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” It adds that a vegan diet is appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and is suitable for athletes.

Supplement B12

A kid on a well-balanced vegan diet can be as healthy or healthier than any other kid. The only supplement a balanced vegan needs is vitamin B12. But if you have a picky eater or want to be sure to cover your bases, a vegan multivitamin also can’t hurt, Hever says.

If you’re breastfeeding and are vegan yourself, the CDC and ADA recommend supplementing B12, as well. Dr. Klaper suggests supplementing your diet with 500 mcg of methylcobalamin (a form of B12) five to seven times per week and 300 mg of (algae-derived) DHA per day in order to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3s.

Have a Good Response Ready for ‘The Protein Question’

One of the most common questions vegans get is, where do you get your protein? If you’re raising your kids vegan, you’ll definitely want to have a good response ready.

Here are your two main points: A well-balanced plant-based diet has all the protein you need, and most people in the U.S.—the vast majority of people—get more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein, but the same number of people get less than the RDA of fiber. By feeding your kids a well-balanced plant-based diet, you ensure they get enough plant-based protein and fiber (not to mention a bunch of other wonderful nutrients).

Here’s a short list of vegan protein sources that should come in handy: beans, lentils, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegan meat products, peanut butter (and other nut butters), nuts, pumpkin seeds, edamame, quinoa, and oats. To give you an idea, one cup of soybeans contains 28.5 grams of protein (roughly the same amount as you’d get in 4 oz of red meat or half a chicken breast), while other beans tend to have around 15 grams per cup. A cup of oatmeal has 4 grams of protein, while two tablespoons of peanut butter has 8 grams. So long as they’re eating a variety of these foods, you don’t need to overdo it. According to national dietary guidelines, a child aged 1-3 should get 13 grams of protein a day; a 4-8 year old, 19 grams; 9-13 year old, 34 grams; and a teenager between 46-52 grams.

So what does a balanced vegan diet look like otherwise? According to this Permanente Journal from 2016, adults should have 5+ servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 6-11 servings of whole grains, 2-3 servings of legumes, 1-2 ounces of nuts, and 1-3 tablespoons of seeds like chia and hemp a day. Depending on the age and appetite of your child, you can adjust that ratio accordingly.

Start the Day with a Smoothie Disguised as Ice Cream

Put a smoothie in a bowl with some toppings and you can call it dessert for breakfast; just use less liquid to make it more like ice cream.

“We start our day off with a smoothie that is packed with nutrients, so even if they eat snacks or just bread the rest of the day, you can feel like they started their day off well and at least consumed some fruits and veggies,” says Jenny Engel, one of the vegan chefs behind Spork Foods.

Spirulina makes a smoothie a fun blue hue, while adding just a little cocoa or carob powder makes a health shake look like chocolate ice cream. For extra fun, make a smiley face out of bananas, granola, nuts, and seeds. For a high-protein smoothie, use a vegan protein powder, and nut butter or this smoothie formula (minus the added agave).

Involve Kids Whenever Possible and Model Good Habits

It’s important to set healthy eating habits early, and to make children feel involved in the kitchen and connected to their food. Work together to grow a garden, shop with them at local farmers markets, and have your child participate in selecting, shopping for, and cooking the recipes you make. The more they feel a part of the process, the less likely they are to rebel against what you feed them—this is true for kids and food whether you’re a family of vegans, omnivores, or anything in between.

“I get them excited about food by cooking with them and growing vegetables in the garden,” says vegan chef Sepi Kashanian. “They want to taste the salad they made themselves.”

Plant-based doctor Michael Klaper suggests that kids’ earliest snacks should be simple—things like carrot and apple slices and broccoli florets, lightly steamed at first, then raw. “If you don’t introduce them to junk foods, they won’t develop a taste for them,” he says, adding that it’s key to set the example. “With kids, the recorder is always on, and it’s important they see their parents eat the same healthy foods that they are told to eat.”

Don’t Assume Certain Foods Are Too Advanced for Their Palates

In that same vein, if you don’t want to have a picky eater on your hands, you’ll be better off introducing your kids to all the same foods you eat as early as possible. Kashanian says she mostly cooks for her daughter the way she would for herself, using plenty of spices, garlic, and onion. Get them exposed and habituated to every vegetable there is as early as possible, and don’t assume they won’t like spinach, kale, or Brussels sprouts.

“If you start your child off seeing all sorts of different foods in the house, and on the whole family’s plate, then it becomes normal to incorporate these foods into their diets,” Engel adds.

But Be Patient with Picky Eating

If you do face picky eating, try to remember that almost every kid goes through it, no matter their diet. To make food extra fun, utilize the rainbow of colors in a plant-based diet with recipes like fruit kabobs or rainbow Buddha bowls.

“We don’t make our kids eat their vegetables to get to dessert, because that can reinforce the idea that veggies are the gross stuff you put up with to get to the prize at the end of the meal,” Engel says. “We just present it in small amounts and ask a few times if they’d like to try.” And if they don’t want to try? It’s your call whether you prefer a tough love approach, but you can always fall back on picky-proof options like PB&Js, vegan nuggets and burgers, and of course, smoothies.

If You’re Transitioning Their Diet, Learn Easy Swaps for Their Favorites

There’s a saying vegans like: “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan.” And it’s true. There are so many substitutes and ways to veganize common dishes that your kids will never have to go without their favorite foods (even if they subsist on mac and cheese, pizza, or yogurt). Check out this article for simple vegan swaps, this guide to healthy vegan eating, this Trader Joe’s shopping list, and these vegan hacks, and know you can get free live coaching and nutrition consultation at ChooseVeg.com. Vegan recipe sites like Bosh, Vegan Richa, Vegan Yack Attack, and Minimalist Baker are also excellent resources for simple and fun recipe ideas.

Have Quick Go-To Meals That Aren’t All Microwaveable

While there are lots of good

, quick bean and veggie burritos with vegan cheese, or stir frys with veggies, tofu and rice noodles.

Keep an Open Dialogue

Don’t assume kids can’t handle the truth. In fact, the more you help them understand why your family chooses to be vegan, the more they’ll be able to make informed decisions at birthday parties and school.

Whatever your particular reasons for choosing a plant-based diet—you’re raising your child vegan because of a dairy allergy, other health reasons, or environmental or animal rights-related concerns—you’re going to want to explain that. Emphasize that if their friends have different diets, that isn’t a moral failing on their part. They should have an informed idea of why your family eats a plant-based diet, and be able to talk to friends about it without being judgmental. It’s also important to let them know that if they’re being teased at school for being vegan or asked questions they don’t know the answer to, they can always come and talk to you about it.

It can also help to introduce them to other vegans their age, whenever possible. There are lots of vegan kids and teens who are outspoken about why they choose not to eat animals. The burgeoning career of Genesis Butler is worth following with any kid, and you can follow hashtags like #VeganKidsofInstagram to share stories and ideas of other inspiring kids.

Find a Pediatrician Who Gets It (and Then Don’t Stress Too Much)

Check out this database to find a plant-based pediatrician near you who supports this healthy decision and knows about vegan nutrition. A vegan-friendly doctor should be well-versed in plant-based nutrition, and shouldn’t make you feel judged or scared for putting your child on a plant-based diet. They should be well-versed in how to monitor your child’s nutrition, and make you feel you have an ally in making sure your child is following a healthy plant-based diet.

When it comes to healthy growth, you shouldn’t worry more than any other parent. Anecdotally speaking, the kids I’ve met who’ve been vegan since in utero are some of the biggest and heartiest eaters I’ve seen. When everyone from Olympic athletes to celebrities are going plant-based for their health, it’s no wonder that the diet is one that promotes healthy growth. Of course, every kid is different. “As long as the child maintains their curve on the growth charts and their energy is good, everything should be fine,” Hever says.

Google’ın Daha Önce Duymadığınız, Hayat Kolaylaştıran 10 Hizmeti

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İnternet dünyasının merkezinde olan Google’ın neredeyse internet kullanan herkesin aşina olduğu Gmail, Google Earth ve Google Maps gibi özelliklerinin faydaları hepimizin malumu. Her gün milyonlarca kişi tarafından kullanılan bu hizmetlere ek olaraksa, çok daha az kişinin bildiği pek çok servis daha sunuyor Google.

İşte dev yazı fontu kütüphanesinden, galaksimizin interaktif haritasına kadar pek çok alandaki Google hizmetleri:

1. Google Keep

Hep bilgisayarlarda, hem de akıllı telefonlarda çalışan bu uygulama, muhteşem bir not alma ve hatırlatma hizmeti. Buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.

2. Google Sky

Google Sky, evrenimizin derinliklerine doğru bir yolculuğa çıkmanıza imkan veren bir servis. NASA’dan, Hubble Teleskobu’ndan ve Sloan Digital Sky Survey’den alınan fotoğraflarla oluşturulan servise buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.

3. Google Books Ngram Viewer

Bu hizmet ise 1500’lü yıllardan 2008’li yıllara kadar yayınlanmış 5.2 milyon adet kitapta hangi kelimenin toplam ne kadar sayıda geçtiğini ve kullanım sayılarının zamanla değişimini gösteriyor. Göz atmak için buraya tıklayın.

4. Google Input Tools

Bu servis ise özel bir klavye indirmeden 80 farklı dilde yazı yazabilmenize imkan veriyor. Denemek için buradan.

5. Google Fonts

Google ücretsiz olarak yararlanabileceğiniz pek çok türde font sunuyor. Görmek için buraya tıklayın.

6. Google Scholar

Akademik dergilere ve makalelere ulaşmak için adres ise Google Scholar. Göz atmak için buraya tıklayınız.

7. Google Arts & Culture

Bu hizmet ise dünyadaki en önemli müzelerde yer alan eserlerin yüksek çözünürlüklü fotoğraflarını sunuyor ve bir nevi oraları dolaşmanızı sağlıyor. Ulaşmak için buraya tıklayınız.

8. Google Trends

İnsanların o an, o gün veya o hafta en çok neyi arattığını görebilmek için Google Trends, en iyi servis durumunda. Hatta aratılan konuların zaman içindeki aratılma sıklığına bile göz atabiliyorsunuz. Servisi denemek için buraya tıklayın.

9. Sound Search

Shazam gibi çalışan bu servis ise Google Asistan’ı kullanarak duyduğunuz bir şarkıyı bulmanıza yardımcı oluyor ve daha sonrasında şarkıya Youtube, Spotify gibi platformlardan ulaşabilmeniz için link veriyor. Buraya tıklayarak servise ulaşabilirsiniz.

10. Hayvan Sesleri

Google’a “animal sounds” yazdığında karşınıza çeşitli hayvanların seslerinin bulunduğu bir katalog çıkıyor.

6 of the Best WordPress Statistics Plugins to Measure Your Website

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You can never know how successful your WordPress site is if you don’t have the right tools to measure visitors, pageviews, conversions, and every other aspect of the life of your WordPress site. If you are looking for ways to get more information about your site, here are some great WordPress statistics and analytics plugins to help you with the task.

1. Jetpack

Jetpack by Automattic (the company that created and maintains WordPress) is a very good multipurpose plugin. It’s not a stats plugin, per se, but it has a lot of reporting features you can use to gather stats and analyze them. In fact, if you already have Jetpack installed for some of its other functionality, you might not need anything else. Jetpack has a free and paid version, but even the free one offers quite a lot.

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The thing with Jetpack, though, is that if you are only using its stats feature, then the plugin might be too heavyweight and bloated for you, as it also comes with a ton of many other features which you may not be using.

2. WP Statistics

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WP Statistics is another great stats and reporting plugin with tons of cool features. With it you can get data about users, visits, visitors and page statistics, as well as detailed analysis of traffic from search engines. There are overview and detail pages for all kinds of data (browser versions, country stats, hits, exclusions, referrers, searches, search words and visitors). If you need to perform further analysis on your data with an external tool, you can export it from WordPress to XML, CSV or TSV.

3. Visitors Traffic Real Time Statistics

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Although not as popular as WP Statistics, Visitors Traffic Real Time Statistics is also a good statistics plugin. The plugin has a free version and a paid version, and naturally the paid one offers more features and functionality. For instance, page tracking (i.e. which pages are viewed most often) is available in the paid version only. The free version does allow users to track browser versions, country stats, hits, exclusions, referrers, searches, search words and visitors.

4. StatCounter – Free Real Time Visitor Stats

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Counters are a popular way to show statistics, and if you are interested in getting a counter for your WordPress site, you can consider StatCounter – Free Real Time Visitor Stats. The plugin has a free version and a paid version. The free plan offers a decent amount of features, such as summary stats and detailed stats, although detailed stats are limited to 500 pageviews only. With this plugin you can get data about hits, pageviews, entry and exit pages, referrers, keywords, visitor paths, etc.

5. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)

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For all the fans of Google Analytics who believe all other analysis tools are inferior, there are a few WordPress plugins to enjoy. One of them is Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP). With this plugin you can get real-time data about the number of visitors, referrers, keywords, downloads, emails, affiliate links, etc. In addition to Google Analytics, you can also use Google Tag Manager to track your traffic. The plugin is free for personal and commercial use.

6. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights

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Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights is another very popular WordPress plugin you might want to try. The plugin has a free and a paid version and according to its developers, its main focus is on ease of installation and use, so this is a good plugin for not so technical users. Yet, it offers a lot of features, such as tracking of pageviews, downloads, ecommerce conversions, links, ads, events, etc.

It won’t hurt to simultaneously run two or more of these plugins because this way you can compare results. It might be surprising to see that the same data reported by different plugins varies drastically, but this is normal. The reason is that different plugins use different ways to measure traffic, visits, hits, etc., and this inevitably leads to a difference in results. In any case, even if the results aren’t too precise, any of these plugins will give you an idea about the direction your site has taken (e.g. increased traffic or the opposite) and will help you make decisions on what to do.

How to Do Keyword Research for Your WordPress Blog

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We are often asked by our users how to do keyword research for their WordPress blogs. Keyword research helps you find betters content ideas that will help you grow traffic and create highly engaging content that users will love. In this article, we will show you how to properly do keyword research for your WordPress blog.

How to do keyword research for your WordPress blog

What is Keyword Research and Why You Need it?

Keyword research is a research technique used by content creators and SEO experts. It helps you discover words users enter into search engines to find content, products, and services in your industry.

You can then use those words and phrases into your website to get more search traffic.

Many beginners assume that they have a clear idea of what their users are looking for. However, you don’t need to make educated guesses when there are powerful tools available that can help you make data-driven decisions.

Properly using keyword research as a part of your content strategy can help you achieve the following:

  • Find the popular keywords your users are actually looking for
  • Find content ideas that are easy to rank for and have decent search volume
  • Find out what your competitors are doing and then beat them to it with a better content strategy
  • Get more search traffic and grow your audience with each new article

That being said, let’s take a look at how to properly do keyword research for your WordPress blog and boost your search traffic.

We have hand-picked the best keyword research tools that we have personally used for our own projects. We will show you each one of them and how to properly use them to do your own keyword research like a pro.

1. SEMRush

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SEMRush is one of the best SEO Tools on the market. It is the complete SEO suite with tools to perform organic research, paid advertising research, keyword research, and in-depth competition analysis.

To get started, simply go to SEMRush website and enter a keyword or your website URL.

SEMRush keyword research overview

You will see an overview of the keyword you entered showing search volume (number of average searches), CPC for paid advertising, and number of search results.

Scroll down a little and you will see an overview of keywords matches and related keywords. You can click on the view full report button to explore the complete lists or export them to a CSV file.

Related keywords

Scroll down further and you will see the list of top search results for the keyword you entered. You can click on each of these links to view full report which will help you understand why these pages rank for these keywords.

You can also use their new ‘Keyword Magic Tool’ which gives you faster access to broader keyword research on related terms. You can click on the add button next to a keyword to add them into keyword analyzer.

Keyword magic tool

Once you have figured out the best keywords with highest search volume, the next step would be to analyze competition for those keywords. Click on the links already ranking for those keywords to see a detailed analysis.

Keyword competition analysis

You will be able to see the backlinks for that particular URL, other keywords that page rank for, and how much search traffic it gets.

Overall, SEMRush is the best keyword research tool on the market. It not only gives you keyword ideas, it also helps you find out how you can rank for those keywords.

2. Ahrefs

Ahrefs

Ahrefs is one of the most powerful keyword research tools on the market. It helps you learn why your competitors are ranking so high, and what you need to do to outrank them in search results.

Ahrefs crawls more than 6 billion pages every day, with over 12 trillion links in their index from 200+ million domain names. That’s a lot of data, but the real beauty is how their platform helps you use this data to your advantage.

It has an intuitive user interface which breaks down all the data into different sections. Simply enter a domain name in the search field and Ahrefs will pull a wealth of information in an easy to understand format.

Ahrefs reporting overview

It will show you an overview of the results with the total number of backlinks, referring domains, organic keywords, and content review. You can click on any of these sections to drill down further.

Click on ‘Organic Keywords’ report and Ahrefs will show you a list of keywords for the domain name with search volume, search rank, URL, and more.

Ahrefs organic keywords report

You can also generate keyword ideas by entering keywords in the search box. Ahrefs’ keyword explorer tool will generate a list of keyword suggestions with search volume, difficulty score, and clicks.

Ahrefs also comes with powerful tools for content analysis, rank tracking, web monitoring, and more. You can export all reports in CSV or PDF format and then work on them in your favorite spreadsheet software.

3. AnswerThePublic

AnswerThePublic

AnswerThePublic is a free visual keyword research and content ideas tool. It utilizes Google and Bing’s auto-suggest feature and presents the data in a more understandable visual format.

Simply visit the website and enter a keyword or phrase. The tool will then load keywords and present them into visual maps. Reports are divided into questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabetical, and related keywords.

Keyword visualization

You can click on any keyword and it will show Google search results in a new browser tab. This allows you to quickly view the questions people are searching for, and how you can answer them with relevant content.

All keyword research is presented on a single page. You can download the data in visual format as images or export them to a CSV file and use with your preferred spreadsheet software.

Download keyword research data

More Keyword Research Tips

All the above-mentioned tools will provide you a treasure trove of data. Here are some more tips on how to narrow down your keyword research and find the most profitable ideas.

  • Start your keyword research with broader keywords and then narrow it down to find keywords with low competition and more search volume.
  • Enter your own URL in SEMRush or Ahrefs to see your own keyword performance and then compare it with your competitors.
  • Focus on finding keywords that answer your customer’s questions and help them make a buying decision.
  • Don’t limit your keyword research to most searched keywords. You can easily rank for longer keywords and build upon that.

How to apply keyword research in your business or blog?

The main goal of keyword research is to find out what your customers are looking for and then rank for those keywords in search results. There are multiple ways to do that depending on your content strategy.

  • Plan a proper content marketing strategy around your new keyword research
  • Create useful content articles, blog posts, infographics, videos, and more using those keywords.
  • Business websites can create landing pages, documentation, FAQs and other content targeting new keywords
  • If you run an online store, then you can use those keywords in your product titles, descriptions, product categories, and more.

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How do I track the performance of my keyword research?

First, you need to sign up for Google Search Console. It provides you insights into how Google views your website. You will also be able to see keywords you rank for, and average position in search results.

Google Search Console

You will also need Google Analytics to track the performance of your content. MonsterInsights is the easiest way to install Google Analytics in WordPress. It shows you top content in your WordPress dashboard and enables you to track user engagement on your website.

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